I found your blog when I was looking for help to name my future son. My husband and I can't seem to agree on anything. We're losing our enthusiasm during the process because we can't seem to agree.
The middle name will be Gordon after his grandfather. I'm not all that fond of it, but it does have sentimental value and he's always said he would like to name his child after his grandfather.
Our last name is Broad....I have jokingly said I'd like to name him "Harry" after my favourite uncle. Quite honestly, I could never do that to my child. I'm a teacher and only too aware of how kids are made fun of.
Having said that, part of my problem is being a teacher and having a lot of negative affliations to many names of crazy kids I've taught or cracker jack people I've met along the way.
His favourite name is Findlay, which I hate. He want's something that is two syllables, and is more of a uncommon, older name. He also liked Elliot, Doc, Duff, and his own name.
I like Caleb, Cole, Nate (I hate Nathaniel or Nathan) Owen, Liam, Xavier, Zane, Carson, and a few others. He likes none of these names.
We thought of Simon, but I'm not sold. I don't hate it, but I don't love it either. We thought of Jensen because I have finish background, but not sold and starting to love it less.
I'm certain that this kid will just be "child". I am due in October, so time is slowly ticking away. I don't want to compromise on the first name if I've compromised on the second. When I told my husband this, he said he'd give up Gordon for Findlay. I just don't want that name and I don't want people thinking I named my kid off of Finn from Glee.
I'm seriously thinking about having a naming pool because we're both just stuck...
I HAVE heard of Naming Parties, where the couple invites all their friends and relatives to come over and hash out the name for them. The idea appeals to me so much, I wish you WOULD do it and then report on how it went! It seems especially good for teachers, since then all names with poor associations can be struck immediately from the list.
Well, you do have us, and we are a party of sorts---though admittedly short on cookies and punch, and lacking you to tell us what names are tainted. We'll see if we can hash something out anyway.
So, we have ______ Gordon Broad. And you hate all his names, and he hates all yours. Perhaps I will make myself a little batch of spiked punch before starting.
Do you like any of the names that sound like Findlay? Phinneas, Finnian, Griffin, Finlay, Finnegan? Well, and all of those still have the Finn problem, though Griffin less than the others.
Elliot always makes me think of Everett and Emmett---do you like either of those?
Doc and Duff are difficult to work with (I'd been thinking of the uncommon name Dutch, but "Dutch Broad"---HA HA HA no), but perhaps Duncan or Declan or Deacon? They're not great with Gordon.
Davis would be nice: Davis Gordon Broad.
Oh, a name I heard recently on a little boy is Darian. In our area it's highly unusual (I'd never heard it on a child), and I don't know why: it's the perfect combination of names like Darren and names like Aidan/Adrian. I thought of it because his parents had a very hard time agreeing until they found that name.
I wonder if you'd like Ezra? The sounds remind me of Xavier, but it has more of the older-name sound your husband likes. Ezra Gordon Broad.
I love the name Frederick: Frederick Gordon Broad.
Also Isaac (older, yet seems like it goes with Xavier, Caleb, Zane): Isaac Gordon Broad.
Help! This is a hard one!